In case you missed it, the City of Festivals will be largely festival-less this summer. And while our Virtual Summer Festival on June 25 will surely be a hoot, it’s no replacement for the real thing. Neither is the #MKEitShine campaign, but hey, it’s pretty cool, and at least it’s something.

So here’s the deal: Beginning tonight, in honor of PrideFest (originally set for June 4-7), a slew of downtown buildings and landmarks will “illuminate their facades with colors representing each cultural festival during its originally scheduled festival dates.” Fun!

Here’s the schedule:

PrideFest: June 1 – 7 (colors: rainbow)
Polish Fest: June 12 – 14 (colors: red and white)
3rd of July Fireworks: July 3 – 5 (colors: red, white and blue)
Bastille Days: July 9 – 12 (colors: red, white and blue)
Festa Italiana: July 17 – 19 (colors: green, white and red)
German Fest: July 24 – 26 (colors: black, red and gold)
Black Arts Festival: Aug. 1 (colors: blue, red, yellow and green)
Democratic National Convention: Aug. 10 – 20 (colors: red, white and blue)
Mexican Fiesta: Aug. 21 – 23 (colors: green, white and red)
Irish Fest: Aug. 28 – 30 (colors: green, white and orange)

And here are the participating buildings and landmarks:

600 EAST Wisconsin
833 East Michigan
Discovery World
Fiserv Forum
Gas Light Building
Hyatt Place Milwaukee Downtown
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Lakefront Brewery
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee County Historical Society
Milwaukee County Parks Mitchell Park Domes (will only be lit on Saturdays and Sundays)
Northwestern Mutual
The Pfister Hotel
Schlitz Park (#MilwaukeeFamous sign)
SpringHill Suites by Marriott (when reopened)
U.S. Bank Center

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